Incentive for Brown to shine
KINGSCLIFF twinkle toes James Brown will add yet another feather to his cap when he lines up for the Olyroos at a Four Nations Tournament in Vietnam next week.
The 20-year-old former Kingscliff Wolf will join fellow Gold Coast United young-guns Tahj Minniecon and Jerrad Tyson in Aurelio Vidmar 20-man squad.
The trio are today scheduled to assemble in Sydney for a two-day training camp before departing for Vietnam on Friday to tackle the under-23 national teams of DPR Korea and Kuwait, and of course Vietnam.
Adding further incentive for Brown to put his best foot forward, coach Vidmar hinted that the Four Nations Tournament could well serve as an early selection stage for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
On the eve of his first training camp with his new group of players, Vidmar was clearly excited about the upcoming campaign for Olympic qualification.
“This is our first opportunity to get this particular group of players together,” he said.
“There is still a long way to go before our first official qualifier next June, but camps like these are an important part of the preparation process.
“The majority of the squad that will take us through the qualifiers will be A-League based players, so we will need to work hard to ensure that the squad is the strongest one possible.”
The match schedule for the Qantas Olyroos to qualify for London was recently announced by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Thirty-five teams from the region will compete for three-and-a-half positions in the men's Olympics football tournament.